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to likely voters. president obama 44%. governor romney, 51%. why after all this time does governor romney beat president obama when it comes to the question of who could best handle the economy? >> well, first of all, candy, there's a plethora of polls out there. >> a lot of them sort of show this, david. >> i actually prefer the cnn polls. i like the one you put out on friday where we were ahead in ohio and in states like ohio and elsewhere people know the reality, which is the president took tough steps to save our economy from freefall to save the auto industry, which governor romney would not have done, and he has a vision of how to move this economy forward. that will rebuild the middle class. that will -- and governor romney who runs around this country now saying i represent change doesn't represent change. he what he represents is a return to a failed task. >> still more feel think the governor would do better with the economy than the president. >> in that particular poll -- in that particular poll, candy, that may be the case, but in reality that's not the case. if you look at w
up and pushed to the middle of the street. president obama joined governor chris christie touring the devastation. an over welling look at what sandy left behind. boats and kayaks now to belie s way to get around. many who lived through the storm still struggling to survive. >> we are wore yesterday. we don't have a place to live. we're staying with friends and family. but that only lasts so long. and we're running out of food and everything. >> reporter: in new york city, many subways are still under water. limited service could come back thursday. >> virtually all of them levelled to the ground. >> reporter: more than 100 homes swallowed by fire in breezy point, queens. millions beginning a difficult recovery and clinging tight to anything sandy left behind. and there are still so many just waiting for that opportunity right now. dozens of communities, including the hardest hit here, are still on lockdown. i'm jay gray. now back to you. >> we're awaiting a press conference from the president at any moment. we'll bring that to you live. >>> breaking news right now out of new york
areas facing president obama and governor mitt romney. >> you could have mitt romney winning the popular vote but losing the electoral votes. >> 270 electoral votes are needed for the presidency. both candidates could fall short. >> if you have the right combination of states brea king, you could have an electoral vote tied. which would be a real mess. >> double the the decision up to congress. >> be pushing to relatively unknown territory -- we would be pushing into relatively unknown territory. >> mitt romney would be favored to win if the house keep the republican majority in the senate and let the vice president and that stays in the hands of democrats, joe biden will probably be their pick. most presidential prognosticators say it is not likely at this point but not totally out of the realm of possibility. >> new york city mayor and john hopkins university graduate michael blumberg was in baltimore tonight to rally for the civil marriage protection act. the mayor said that for him, there are many reasons to support same-sex marriage. >> we are just a few days away from making histor
otherwise political enemies together. in what would otherwise be an unlikely pairing, president obama and governor chris christie teamed up today putting politics aside and disaster first. >> we are here for you, and we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need until you have rebuilt. >> chris christie, a strong supporter of mitt romney, has continued to stress this is no time for something. >> we would like to argue with each other about other stuff but first, we have to argue about this. >> it was decided a presidential appearance could actually hinder recovery efforts, so hours earlier, the president stopped at fema headquarters in d.c. for a briefing. while away from the damage, in florida, mitt romney also appeared with a heavy hitter -- jeb bush. >> imagine a leader like mitt romney that will restore confidence in this country. i imagine each and every day and that is why i'm campaigning as hard as i can for the guy. >> we come together in times like this, and we want to make sure they have a speedy and quick recovery. >> but the nic
. governor romney today focused on fund-raising for the victims of the deadly storm while president obama canceled his events through wednesday to monitor the aftermath in response to hurricane sandy from the white house. we have team coverage here tonight. rick leventhal on the devastated jersey shore. shannon green on the storm damage in virginia, and ed henry tonight from the white house on the storm's political impact and the campaigns that are, tonight, frozen in place. many east coast residents heard or read weather forecasts and there's speculation about hybrid storms of the hurricane and nor'easter, perhaps, a super storm, as sandy approached, and they were understandably skeptical of what often turns out to be exaggerated meteorological storm forecasts. tonight they and millions of others find themselves suffering through what has turned out to be the mass devastation, wreckage, and misery that had been forecast for the eastern seaboard. fox news correspondent rick leventhal has our report from point pleasant, new jersey. >> reporter: point pleasant beach is one of many seaside c
sandy disrupting the campaigns of president obama and governor romney seven days until election day. the president distracted dealing with a nationa emergency. governor romney distracted trying to find the appropriate balance of campaigning in the midst of national catastrophe. fox news chief white house correspondent ed henry with our report. >> this is a tough time for a lot of people. >> after cancelling to more campaign events president obama headed to the red cross to continue the role of heeler in chief. >> there is no excuse for inaction at this point. i won every agency to lean forward and to make sure that we are getting the resources where they need to know where they are needed as quickly as possible. >> looking presidential in the final week of a tight campaign in a rol that won -- one rare praise from governor chris christie who gave the keynote address at the republican national convention. >> she has been very attentive. anything that i have asked for his gun. i think the president publicly r that. he has done as far as i'm concerned, great job for new jersey. >> of t
day. governor romney continues on the stump, while president obama campaigns in three states today while also keeping an eye on recovering from sandy. >>> plus, tea party favorite and former presidential candidate michele bachmann is fighting for her political life. details, next. you're watching "early today." >> announcer: brought to you by the makers of centrum men and women. have you taken the most complete multivitamin today? >>> well, the campaign clock is ticking, and with just about 120 hours to go until election day, the polls show the candidates are still neck and neck. nbc's tracie potts has all the details for us from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, reuters ipsos, one of the latest national polls out there, gives president obama just a one percentage point lead nationally. that is a tie as the president heads back out today to speak with voters. president obama's back on the campaign trail. polls show him up by six in iowa, two in wisconsin and two in new hampshire, but this week he's focused on new jersey. >> we are not going to tolerate red tape,
"/nbc/marist. governor romney, 44%. in wisconsin, president obama at 49%. in new hampshire, president obama at 49%, governor romney at 47%. so the good news is that's a lead for president obama, from the democratic are perspective. the bad news is he's been dropping. in iowa, that lead was eight points, now it's six. in wisconsin, that lead is now three points, it was six. new hampshire, it was a seven-point lead, it's now two. so if you actually map it, it's shrinking very dramatically five days left until the election. are you worried about that trend? you must be. >> not at all. not at all. we had always anticipated that there would be a very, very close race. but i think, basically, what it's going to boil down to is who do we trust. and i think the polling will show that the american people trust this president. i think when you've got a situation where the president is either basically tired or leading in all of these battleground states, you've got, just the eyes will tell you that some of them are going to come out in his favor, if not all. but i think the president clearly, you've got to
, we ask you to come and deliver your supplies. >>> in atlantic city president obama was met by new jersey governor chris christie. after the two leaders surveyed the damage along the jersey shore, the president vowed he wouldn't tolerate red tape. >> i've instituted a 15-minute rule essentially on my team. you return everybody's phone calls in 15 minutes, whether it's the mayor's, the governors, the county officials, if they need something, we figure out a way to say yes. >> during one of his stop, governor christie found more victims in utter despair. >> i just want everybody to get help. >> yeah. >> they don't deserve it. look at their house, our house, everything is gone. >> yeah. >> i've never in ten years had water in my house. >> that's horrible. in new york the desperate race to get america's biggest city back up and running continues. water is being pumped out of the subway system. officials in new york and connecticut say the subway rail system that millions depend on will start returning today though on a very limited basis. >>> and it is an amazing but eerie sight. much
president obama 49% to 47%. now, that is westboun within thn of error. former mississippi governor haley bar bore join barber join. good evening. > >> greta: have you had any further thoughts about the race? >> for my thinking, the biggest change in the race is to obama's favor and that's been this storm, you know. any day that we're not talking about the economy and jobs, that we're not talking about obama's record for debt and deficits, health care, energy, any day we're talking about something else, that's good for obama, and so i will be surprised if he doesn't make a little bit of a comeback here. he's had a prett pretty solid mt for a month. there wasn't anything happehe m. what may stop it is this storm and not so much that the president will do a great job, although i don't have any doubt that he will. mostly what happens right after a terrible storm is we know where i come from, it's the local first responders. it's the firemen, the policeman, the highway patrolmen, the national guardsmen, the mayors, the governors, but the federal government has a role to play, a bigger role down t
to survive. we've got it all covered live. three days and counting. president obama and governor romney make their final appearances in battleground states as we inch closer to election day. this morning, the results of our new polling in the states that just might decide this election. >>> and, welcome erica. say hello to the newest member of the "today" family, my new co-anchor erica hill. we can't wait for her to get started today, saturday november 3rd, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012. with lester holt and erica hill. live from democracy plaza. >>> and a big good morning to everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt here on democracy plaza, our home for nbc's election coverage, all the way through tuesday. but i am right now pleased to welcome my new co-host erica hill. great to have you here. before we get started, there is a bit of a tradition we like to do to welcome you folks. jeff, please. >> and erica hill. >> that has a nice ring to it. i'm not going to lie. >> when you heard the -- your heart beats. >> it's true
events. >> exactly. >> obama: i have spoken to all of the governors in all of these states we have pre-positioned assets so that fema personnel are working closely with state and local governments. there has been extraordinarily close coordination between state, federal, and local governments. >> and everybody on the local level have backed that up. 1-800-steph-1-2 is the number to call that's 1-800-steph-1-2. let's talk to don in florida about privatizing fema. hey, don. >> caller: yeah, thanks for taking my call. i have a political strategy for ohio actually a democratic one. but romney is trying to do whatever he can to get any press coverage he can possibly get. these food thing, i heard he called these governors and all of this stuff. i know he has been running for president for the last 20 years it seems, he wouldn't even be in the picture but he is just trying to get his name out there, because obama and the storm will get all of the reaction. >> and it seems like him calling the governors would be just getting in the way. >> and what a coincidence he is doi
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appreciate your generosity. >> while calling president obama's response to the storm outstanding, governor chris christie had this to say about sandy's effect on the election. >> it doesn't matter a lick it to me at the moment. i have much bigger fish to fry than that. >> joining me now is democratic strategy chris kofinis and erin mcpike. you heard governor christie. i think other words that a lot of people feel right now. we know the importance of the election. after all, this is the presidency we're discussing here, but at this point when you see new video like what came out of new jersey in the last few minutes, we have one week to deal with the election, but right now people are hurting. >> that's right. there was a rumor yesterday that mitt romney might go to new jersey to survey some of the damage. chris christie was asked about that. he essentially brushed that off and wa't interested. he was interested in working with the president in relief efforts and didn't want to see presidential politics in new jersey. i thought that comment was more important that mitt romney can't show up
on the jersey shore as president barack obama and new jersey governor chris christie toured hurricane damage in some of the hard-hit areas there. a little bit unexpected today, given that chris christie gave the keynote address at the republican convention against the president last summer. none of that political animosity on display today. both men said that they talked about everything from restoring power to clean drinking and sewage water in the area. >> i discussed all those issues today with the president and i'm pleased to report that he has sprung into action immediately to help get us those things while we were in the car riding together. so i want to thank him for that. he has worked incredibly closely with me since before the storm hit. >> governor christie throughout process has been responsive, he's been aggressive, i think the people of new jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of new jersey bounce back. >> and larry, i asked the folks on the romney campaign what they made of chris christie's political bear hug here of president ba
on a conference call with president obama, 10 governors, and other mayors. >> he indicated he is prepared to make sure they cut through all the red tape so that federal assistance if needed will be made immediately available. if people have any difficulty getting through the federal apparatus to call them directly ourselves. >> the city is getting back to normal in the schools and the government will make it back on tomorrow. they are restoring power but for one family that will not solve their problems. >> this is the hole where the tree came from. this is what is left from the tree and that is their home there. power was restored in this neighborhood just about an hour ago. the mayor has praised the power crews and the sea saying we should do something to help new york since they have been devastated in he will do whatever they think we should need to do to help. live from northwest washington, sam ford abc 7 news. >> sandy has moved inland. up and down the east coast, the storm left a lot of decimation. >> what is next for us? we turn to doug hill for the latest. what's the latest here is what
. president obama and governor chris christie toured some of the hardest hit areas. >> our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones. it is true that because of some good preparation, the loss of life was kept lower than it might have been but for those individual families, obviously, their world has been torn apart. >> new york city was also hit hard. a police helicopter made more air rescues. the subway system is expected to reopen with limited service today. and jfk and newark airports are back hope with limited service. la guardia could follow suit sometime today. we'll all have a live update from new jersey in our next hour. >>> frederick county, maryland was one of the hardest hit areas by superstorm sandy in our area. sky fox flew over that area near the monocacy river yesterday. you can see flooded homes and roads from this vantage point. official tell us the water level at the river has receded and there is no major flooding. >>> the anne arundel county fire department is investigating the death of a contractor who was killed when a tree fell on him. it happened on
president obama and governor romney canceled a lot of their campaign events scheduled. rightly so. they should. president obama needs to stand up and show he is the president and take charge. governor romney can't look like he is politicizing a storm where a lot of people, a lot of damage, maybe a lot of people dying. can i point something out. president obama earlier today with his fema director went to podium and gave a nice speech. be careful, people lives are number one, the most important. there is a question toward the end of the speech, what will the impact be on the election, sir? president obama said i'm not worried about the impact on the election. i'm worried about the impact on families. the election will take care of itself next week. right now the number one priority is make sure we're saving lives. my question is: where was president obama a month-and-a-half ago when four of our americans were locked down, pinned down, about to be assassinated? he was in las vegas campaigning, picking up chec checks. be fair, maybe he learned something from a month-and-a-half ago. >
. president obama vowing states will get all of the storm assistance they need. >> my message to the governors as well as to the mayors is anything they need we will be there. we are going to cut through red tape and not going to get bogged down. >> they will they had to orlando before it gets to the white house. >> they will assist with relief efforts they are urging supporters to keep people at risk in their prayers. >> i know people are nervous about the storm that hits the coast our thoughts and prayers are with people who find themselves in harm's way. >> mitt romney will visit ohio, iowa and wisconsin all states that could sway the election. >> turn over the evidence. they are increasing calls for the obama administration they are outraged they are staying quiet. listen to this. >> very good at touting and giving all of the details like when they got bin laden. but now we know there were tapes recordings inside the consulate during this fight and they have gotten -- they came when the fbi got in and quote top secret. >> republicans are politicizing the issue. >> is this tearrism 101. a n
of an unlikely pairing. new jersey governor chris christie and democratic president barack obama toured the storm ravaged state of new jersey. >> i cannot thank the president enough for the his personal concern and compassion for our state. >> it's not the first time this week christie has offered praise for the president. obama is also applauding the governor. >> i think the people of new jersey recognize he has put his heart and soul into making sure the people of new jersey bounce back. >> it has created a stir. >> the next president of the united states governor mitt romney. >> christie is one of mitt romney's most outspoken supporters on the trail picked to give the keynote address at the republican national convention. >> real leaders don't follow polls. real leaders change polls. >> if history teaches us anything, it's that some things are bigger than politics. in washington i'm terry dun ham. >> it seems republican nominee mitt romney is softening the attacks on his opponent. yesterday romney held three rallies in florida but did not mention president obama's name at all. while romney was
virginia. today, president obama will tour the damaged areas with the governor of new jersey. >> and in our area, more than 200,000 people are still without power in northern virginia, maryland and d.c. bg & e reporting the most outages, nearly 150,000. along the potomac river, fear of more needing continues as high tide is expected in alexandria later this morning. traveling around the country and overseas is a little bit harder in the wake of the superstorm. >> especially complicated on the eastern seaboard right now. fox's william la jeunesse takes a look at when people can expect relief. >> reporter: airlines, rail, shipping, public transportation in six major cities basically in lockdown. more than 16,000 flights canceled since sunday. and the number is rising. >> i think we're going to see more cancellations tomorrow and probably through friday until the airlines get their act back together. i'm not convinced that everyone is going to be able to get back where they're going until maybe five or seven days from now. >> reporter: washington, baltimore, philadelphia, boston airports all c
. >> reporter: from the white house, president obama has been calling the governors of storm ravaged states and one of romney's key supporters has been praising the president's leadership. >> his cooperation has been great with fema here on the ground and our intelligence center and the cooperation from the president of the united states has been outstanding. he deserves great credit. >> reporter: while the president remains in washington, he's getting help on the campaign trail from former president bill clinton. >> i have worked very hard in this election and i'm not running for anything. >> reporter: clinton was in minnesota tuesday, a state where the race is tightening. he is expected to campaign in six battleground states for president obama before election day. tara mergener for cbs news, the white house. >>> goor romney pls to be back on the campaign trail today with a swing through florida. >>> early voting in the 2012 election was suspended for two days because of sandy. it will resume today in maryland at 8:00 a.m. and run until 9:00 p.m. and will be conducted in maryland until fr
, only days to go until the election. and both president obama and governor romney are criscrossing battleground states in the run up to next tuesday. the president picked up an endorsement from michael bloomberg. today on the campaign trail romney starts in wisconsin. then both the president and romney make appearances in the all important toss up state of ohio. romney has two stops and the president has three. >>> also in our top stories this hour, the nationwide man hunt for a virginia man wanted for three pipe bomb attacks in staff ford county has ended in montana. lawrence stewart was captured yesterday following a brief pursuit with police. officers had to use spike strips to deflaet his tires. during the chase he threw a pipe bomb at the officers. he will be extradited back to virginia to face numerous charges. >> the district officer accused of shooting an unarmed suspect in the back will return to court today for a bond hearing. that suspect is now paralyzeed from the waist down. he was pulled over on september 6th on suspicion of driving a stolen motorcycle. he was cuffed
. >>> president obama will join new jersey governor chris christie this morning to tour storm damage along the state's ravaged coast. it comes as millions more dollars are being injected into states affected by the storm. nbc's danielle leigh is in toms river with more on the recovery efforts there. danielle, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. i'm standing on the road that should connect all of us in the mainland. all of us on the jersey shore. so close yesterday. take a look at what we're seeing. and all along the top of the pat patio. just evidence of the lives ripped to shreds because of the storm. really all across the jersey shore, we're seeing stories of immense devastation, flooding. homes covered. boardwalks destroyed. i got a chance to talk to some of the people rescued from jersey shore. many people throughout new jersey still without power. that was one of the things on governor chris christie's mind as president obama comes to tour and see the damage. reporting live in new jersey, i'm danielle lee. back to you. >>> 6:43. take a live look over the nation's capital.
. along the new jersey shore, president obama and governor chris christie took a helicopter hour of the storm damage because that's the only way to see it. >> kristin fisher is here with us this morning and kristin, you were out in the field. you were in rehoboth. and just give us an idea again of what you saw and what's going on now. >> reporter: well, it's tough to compare the two because what i found in rehoboth is nothing compared to what we're now seeing in new york and new jersey with you know, up and down the coast. millions of people remaining in the dark. the damage in the billions of dollars. and the death toll now at least 63 people. yesterday president obama brought some hope to hard hit new jersey, promising immediate federal aid and pledging to be in its for the lang howl. he -- long haul. he toured the garden state with governor chris christie with entire neighborhoods still underwater. the president said the top priority is getting the power back on especially atwater filtration plants and other critical infrastructure. the second priority? transportation. clearin
. after the storm president obama and governor mitt romney are fighting for votes. while voters in maryland are still lined up for hours. we begin with steve handelsman. he's on capitol hill. steve? >> doreen, thanks. it's a numbers game. four days to go. 7.9%. that's the new unemployment number. in the race for the white house both sides tonight are disagreeing about the meaning of that. but they agree about the importance of the number 18. the electoral votes of the state of ohio. and both sides badly want them. so close to the end you know they're in ohio. mitt romney in aetna. >> i'm counting on you. >> reporter: president obama in hilliard taking credit for the auto bailout. >> it paid off in toledo. where chrysler's adding more than 1,000 new jobs on a second shift. not in china. right here in ohio. >> reporter: it paid off for him. a two-point lead in ohio polls. >> compaes hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> reporter: it's the last jobs report before the vote. 7.9% unemployment, slightly worse. 171,000 new jobs, better than expecte
obama and governor romney. someone who actually made the case for shutting down fema. in passing the responsibility on to the states and some people say maybe we're learning a lesson. how do you deal with something like that? >> absolutely every time you have an occasion that takes something from the federal government and sends it back to the states, that's the right direction. and if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. >> governor romney says it would be better to privatize fema. that's jarring and so was his reason. >> we're borrowing $1.6 trillion more than we're taking in. we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. it is simply immoral. for us to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids knowing full well that we'll be dead and gone before it occurs makes no sense at all. >> with eight days to go in this election, that is the choice in this election. do we want a president that believes government can be there when we need it most or someone who thinks it's immoral to sp
. >>> switching gears to politics now, president obama and governor romney are canceling some of their campaign events because of the hurricane. the president is in florida this morning but canceled stops in three other states. >> romney is heading away from the east coast today to campaign in ohio, iowa and wisconsin. >>> hurricane sandy is also causing some trouble with early voting. the lines stretched around some polling places saturday as people tried to beat the storm and go vote. >> and we continue to track hurricane sandy. coming up next, we'll get the latest from tucker barnes who is tracking it for us. we'll be right back. anncr: every president inherits challenges. few have faced so many. four years later... our enemies have been brought to justice. our heroes are coming home. assembly lines are humming again. there are still challenges to meet. children to educate. a middle class to rebuild. but the last thing we should do is turn back nonow. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. a west virginia casino launching the biggest ad barrage ever. don't be misled
sandy. the northeast slowly recovering. one hour ago, president obama and new jersey governor chris christie toured the devastation along the jersey shore. there, sandy destroyed the link
're expecting comments from the president shortly. president obama and governor chris christie touring some of the damage in brigantine, new jersey. across the hudson in new york city, the city is opening up somewhat. some tunnels and bridges are opening and some cars are being allowed back into the city. a big event is on, the new york marathon, the mayor declaring the marathon is scheduled to take place on sunday. he made that announcement at a news conference this afternoon according to a report from the wall street journal. live from nearby the brigantine marina, president obama and the governor chris christie wrapping up a tour of the state and in particular a tour of the barrier island of brigantine. of course the governor was the keynote speaker at the republican convention in tampa up. he says governor christie is doing what he needs to be doing as governor and president obama is doing what he needs to be doing. the new york subway and commuter trains will resume limited service. we are expecting to hear comments from president obama and governor christie and also in the group is th
city, president obama met with new jersey governor chris christie. after the two leaders surveyed the damage along the jersey shore, the president vowed he wouldn't tolerate red tape. >> i instituted a 15-minute rule essentially on my team. you return everybody's phone calls in 15 minutes. whether it's the mayor, governors, county officials, if they need something, we figure out a way to say yes. >> during one of his stops, governor christie found more victims in utter despair. >> i need help. >> we're going to help you. >> everything is gone. >> i know. >> so many people in that situation. in new york, the desperate race to get america's biggest city back up and running continues. water is being pumped out of the subway system. officials in new york and connecticut say the subway and commuter rail lines will start returning today although on a limited basis. it is an amazing but erie sight. much of the skyline of lower manhattan remains dark as this city enters the fourth day of a massive power outage. the flooding crisis from sandy goes beyond the east coast. these are pictures
by name. governor jeb bush did. claiming mr. obama is making excuses for his failures. >> it's almost as though the dog ate my home work is the reason why we're going through tough times. >> reporter: early voting reopened in maryland with long lines. >> three hours? >> yeah. it's worth it. >> reporter: in areas where flooding destroyed some polling places, they're considering putting up tents to make sure that residents can vote. more polls have the president up five points in ohio. they say things are so close and such a small lead in virginia and florida, they're calling it a tie. lynn? >> thank you. >>> we mentioned the obama-christie meeting is an extraordinarily coming together of two people that are polar opposites politically. men who have very recently delivered some extremely biting comments about the other. but now putting citizens above politics. it's very interesting. a few hours before their meeting, former florida governor and romney supporter jeb bush had this to say on the stump. >> do you honestly think this president is capable of bringing people together? his entir
. there's going to be some bad. i believe that it is the signature law for president obama and the signature law for governor romney in massachusetts. i personally would repeal the bad and try to keep the good, especially maintaining insurance on our children until they're 26. >> we have about a minute left. while you are one person running for congress, how do you address the on going stalemate and jm nastiness that exists in both houses? >> i believe it's due to party alee gens. they both feel they need to defend their party. overall, as a libertarian, i don't have the part aplea gens, so i basically would be able to reach across the aisle and come with a come promiessments truly my only reresponsibility is to the people of my district and the people of this country. >> all right. paul drogos. good luck in november. to see the interview and other candidate interviews, log on to abc2news.com/politics and don't forget to vote tuesday, november the 6th. >>> that's it for abc2 news at 6. we'll be back here at 11. see you tonight. so, maybe you're trying to figure out question
, governor cue ono. great things of governor christi saying nice things about president obama. what's with the good will? is it necessity or does it bring together people? >> you have to hope that times like this when you're thrust into the reality of the real work of government, which is about protecting people, saving people, keeping people safe, that that really makes everybody work together, and what you really also have to hope is that that experience will create a little muscle memory so the next time we have an issue that maybe isn't a natural disaster, we'll all remember how we worked so well together and how much better that is for the overall greater good. >> it doesn't always work this way. i mean, you sound very optimistic about what you have watched today, over seen it in the city with the other council members, but i think of john lindsay who basically was laughed out of office after one of these snowstorms, i think of jane bern in chicago, mayor nagin in new orleans. they blew it. >> you don't want ever want this to happen on your watch if you're a mayor or elected of
of the tour when we were in bloomingdale got on a conference call with president obama and other governors in the area. in fact, the mayor says he's talked to the white house twice in the last 48 hours or so and the federal government is committed to helping out as much as possible. back to you. >> matt ackland tonight. >>> the power is out for thousands of people in our area, even still dominion virginia reporting a little more than 54,500 at this hour, pepco only about 6,000 people out of power, bge reporting just over 2,600 here in the d.c. burbs. >>> sandy also caused damage in fairfax county. trees came crash down and brought down power lines with them. this is the scene in annandale. a giant tree toppled and nearly missed clara reynolds' house. >> very frightening. >> reporter: how loud? >> real loud. you probably could have heard it a couple blocks. >> others suffered damage to their roofs. norm richards was inspecting his home earlier today, found a small leak. he used wood and blue tarp to make a temporary fix. neighbors say despite some of the damage they know sandy could have b
at the jersey shore the devastation is even worse. president obama visited new jersey to see firsthand the damage from superstorm sandy. the president and governor chris christie flew in marine one to see the devastation. president obama promised the government would do whatever it can to help storm victims. >> we'll follow up to make sure you get all the help you need until you rebuild. >> reporter: not far away the search for traps or missing people on staten island can't. nypd rescued six people from roof troops on wednesday. there are signs of life is returning to normal in new york city. all three airports are open as of today as is the new york stock exchange and broadway shows. problems still persist. traffic in the city is nothing short of a nightmare without public transportation wednesday manhattan streets were clogged with people trying to get back to work. there's some good news. subway and train service is starting up again today at least on a limited basis. >> i am declaring a transportation emergency. >> reporter: mayor bloomberg is mandating that all cars driving into m
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